Friday, January 21, 2011


Lately my mind has been a bit crowded with two distinctly separate concerns...first for the pretty & frivolous - our new bedroom/office is almost ready to start decorating (yeah!!) and even though I'm putting it in the capable hands of Revelry I couldn't resist shedding a little light on the subject, so to speak...
left to right, top to bottom: my longtime obsession from a Kelly Wearstler room, love the simplicity of this table lamp at DWR, dramatic dark pendants at Jayson Home & Garden, and a parisian apartment, totally smitten with this globe pendant & peachy/gold table lamps (and the price!) at West Elm, and 2 versions of faceted loveliness

image of Stella M via Happenstance
Now that we have the lovelies out of the way let's talk about the other (much more) pressing issue on my mind...parenting...seriously these last few months have been a bit challenging - I'd like to place all the blame on the ever impossible 3's but to be perfectly honest I'm sure a lot it can be laid at the feet of my transition from stay-at-home mom who dabbles in work to work-at-home mom who dabbles in child rearing...and something has to give...thankfully Carina (who's awesome shop and parenting wisdom never cease to amaze me) had a great post this week about getting ahead of your kids and it has helped me see a little light at the end of the's amazing how simply going to bed with a clean house and a plan for the next day can take a bit of the grump out of the morning...Gwynnie also has a great interview on Goop with Mary Hartzell (co-author of Parenting from the Inside Out - which just shot to the top of my reading list) that was pretty enlightening...and for full crazy mom controversy if you haven't read about Amy Chua head over to the WSJ (although her response really tempered my WHAT!! reaction)...okay, now that I have that off my chest I'm off to pry Miss L away from the boob tube and enjoy a lovely day together...
any advice, my wise friends?
Happy Friday
xoxo, M


  1. Happy Friday Michelle!
    Thanks for the blog suggestions! I am loving the nonchalant mom...
    I will put the Mary Hartzell book on my list. When I teach parenting classes, I use Dr. Becky Bailey's book "Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline". (Don't let the crappy title fool you. It's magnificent). She has completely altered my perspective as a parent AND a child and family therapist. We were at a birthday party last weekend when my tot came to me and said "Mama, I am very frustrated because J tore my superhero cape." The other parents were shocked. I was so proud. I also give the book "Ages and Stages" by Charles Schaffer to everyone as a baby shower gift. Schaffer is a play therapist as well and I LOVE how the book is divided up. And lastly? The Book "I Love You Rituals" by Dr. Becky Bailey is FULL of little play activities you can do with babies and toddlers geared to enhance the parent/child relationship and improve behaviors. We love it at our house.
    That's a lot of books and a lot of's my gig for a living. I talk this stuff all day. It's a bit like asking a chef their favorite food...Eeek....

  2. oh boy... I am hanging on my own advice, I am on my SECOND snow day THIS WEEK, I keep reminding myself of that famous quote "why can't we all just get along?" I stayed up last night until 1am blog surfing and being inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there (including spending much time on pretty mommy!)... now I'm paying the price... oh, sorry gotta go.. have to build ANOTHER igloo, go sledding, what else!?

  3. When I was finishing Grad school my daughter was just turning 2. I thought i could learn about parenting through some of my courses on cognitive development, but it was after I read "Parenting Inside out" I felt assured that I could possibly be the parent i wanted to be. I was excited to see the Goop newsletter yesterday when Gwyneth mentioned her name. I am glad you mentioned her as well. I was thinking about that book a lot last night, and ended up re-reading a few chapters.

  4. I have to tell you, now that I have a four and two year old, that they don't call it "trying two's," and "terrible three's" for nothing:) It's rough! Hang in there it does get better.

    I did read the WSJ on the "Tiger Mom." And I have to say that I think there are valuable things to take from Eastern parenting. I'm not sure I agree with being that strict, but I certainly don't think there's any headway in being ultra permissive either. I like taking away bits and pieces of childrearing wisdom from various cultures. Like they say, it's better to know a little about a lot, than a lot about very little.

  5. i read the Motherlode blog at NYT religiously. the topics help me feel connected to the greater universe of parents and i always find interesting and sometimes helpful responses in the comments section.

    i'll let you know my parenting update in a few weeks though. i have a feeling i'm about to be brought to my knees

  6. Okay... that article about being one step ahead of your kids is like that inner knowledge that has been there for far too long (since I've been 10 steps behind!!), but haven't taken action to *do what I need to do... get caught up, and get ahead. It is so true. I notice such a huge behavior change in my kids (due to my 'behindness') and in my own reaction to them.

    It reminds me of that saying, "When the cats away, the mice will play. :)

    Thanks for sharing!! As for advice, I think this is seriously the best advice for kids of any age.

  7. I'm right there with you! I'm a WAH mom of a 2 1/2 year old.

    Thanks for sharing the link from nonchalant mom. I recently picked up The parents we mean to be from the library. Right now what keeps me grounded is my yoga practice (taking deep breaths when I'm on the verge really helps) and reminding myself to laugh as often as possible. And sometimes as crazy as my little guy might get, it's still cute and funny because he doesn't mean any harm...yet. :)

    Although, if we have one more snow day I might just have to change my tune a bit. I can deal with all the toddler madness but not while trying to get work done. School hours are precious!

  8. After a weekend at home with 2 overtired toddlers and a husband who was on a trip with his buddies, this entry, along with the comments and great reading suggestions, was exactly what I needed. Thanks Michelle and everyone!

    Jacy Grais

  9. That pink (honeysuckle is it?) painting is so incredible beautiful. but somehow i don't think my husband could be convinced to hang it in our room. or he's let me, but then we'd have to hang his old led zeppelin posters too. boy do i hate compromises.

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